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College climbs US News undergraduate rankings

Bell Tower in the spring

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University is moving up steadily in US News & World Report rankings of undergraduate engineering programs.

In the list released this week, the College is ranked 32nd nationally, an improvement from last year’s 34th. The College is ranked 11th among public institutions.

Several of the College’s academic departments were also ranked among the top programs in their specialties. The Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering was ranked 12th and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, a department located in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and affiliated with the College of Engineering, ranked 10th. The College’s Departments of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Materials Science and Engineering all ranked in the top 20.

US News & World Report compiles its annual rankings of accredited U.S. engineering programs by surveying engineering deans and senior faculty. The annual report is one of the most widely distributed rankings of U.S. colleges and universities.

In May, US News & World Report ranked the College’s graduate program 24th in the nation, which is its highest ranking in the last 15 years. Its graduate program is ranked 12th among public institutions.